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Deveronvale 7-2 Strathspey Thistle
Scorers: Blackhall 13, Fernandino-Soto 21, Murray 25, Noble 30, 41, Ballard 43, 59, Edwards 67, Forbes 80
Vale recorded their highest league win this season as they completely trounced injury-hit Strathspey Thistle at Princess Royal Park with a seven-goal salvo.
Chris Blackhall scored the first and arguably the best of the afternoon and his 25-yard set-piece was followed up by debut goals for Callum Murray, Grant Noble (2) and Dane Ballard (2) before Liam Forbes completed the rout although the visitors didn't leave employ handed and had a goal in each half to reflect on although it wasn't much crumb in this one-sided affair.
Steve Dolan understandably went with the same starting eleven who lost narrowly in Inverness last weekend although Lukas Krobot returned the squad after a long time out with an ankle injury and took up a place on the sub's bench as Dippy's injury nightmare continued to ease.
Callum Murray on his home debut fired an effort on target within five minutes of kick-off which Strathspey keeper David Aitchison saved comfortably before Liam Forbes forced a corner when his low drive was deflected wide of target.
The resultant ball in from the right was headed into the net by Steven Davidson although there was no wheel away from the stand-in defender as referee Ryan Milne blew for an infringement by Chris Blackhall.
Chris BLACKHALL made up for his error of judgement minutes later when he sent a spectacular 25-yard free-kick high into the net to open the scoring after Grant Noble was fouled by an unhappy Scott Hume who argued and lost his case with referee Ryan Milne regarding the softish award.
Totally against the run of play though Strathy equalised, Zander Jack completely mis-kicked a back-pass to Matthew Mackie leaving Inaki Fernandinho-Soto through on goal and the wee forward kept his composure as he rounded the exposed Vale number one and placed the ball out of the reach of the scrambling back and dejected Jack.
The goals kept coming as Vale restored their lead within four minutes, Paul Sutherland did the donkey work as he drove at and beyond marker Kevin McKie before squaring across the face of goal setting up Callum MURRAY for a simple debutant counter for the on-loan Buckie midfielder.
Grant NOBLE was next to get in on the act as he netted a third soon after, the recent signing from Fraserburgh cutting in from the right and scoring from a tight angle which left David Aitchison rather red-faced with the keeper guilty of more or less punching the ball into the net.
It was almost four for the buoyant Banffers when Steven Davidson met Grant Noble's corner kick but his side-footer from 12-yards was cleared off the line by Kevin McKie.
Four minutes from the interval and Grant NOBLE netted his second of the afternoon when he finished off a patient move in and around the Strathy danger area while it was centre-back Stevie Fraser who had the vision to play the telling pass to the feet of the scorer who just about squeezed the ball past Aitchison.
The game was over as a competition and as the under strengthened visitors started to look ragged Dane BALLARD scored his debut goal for the Banff club, the striker running onto Scott Begg's precise pass in behind before nutmegging the outrushing and totally exposed David Aitchison. HT
The homeside seemed to lose their rhythm as the second period got underway and Matthew Mackie was called into action as he palmed James McShane's long ranger to safety as the visitors seemed to up their game in adversity.
A schoolboy error by defender Scott Hume however saw the Banffers increase their lead, Dane BALLARD pinching the pocket of the number two and quickly lobbing Aitchison before the keeper had time to adjust his feet.
Strathy pulled one back with a simple goal, a ball played through the middle of Vales defence was latched onto by Dominic Edwards and the number 16 rounded keeper Mathew Mackie and stroked the ball home taking a sore one as he clashed with the keeper after the ball had rolled towards the unguarded netting.
Vale's second half performance went from average to stupidity when Steven Davidson was sent off for going in heavily with studs showing which will see the striker come defender suspended for at least two matches, just what the Vale management didn't need.
The ten men rallied however and Liam FORBES made it seven with a fine solo strike with the visiting defence guilty of going to ground too easily while Dane Ballard should have completed his hat-trick but failed to get the better of David Aitchison on two occasions while substitute Graeme Watt was also thwarted by the busy Strathy custodian.
Scott Hume headed against the cross bar for the visitors in the last piece of action of a busy afternoon of goals and incidents which was good value for the small band of supporters who turned up for this early kick-off due to Scott Fraser's Testimonial dinner in Aberdeen.
Vale: Mackie, Jack, Forbes, Begg (cpt), Fraser, **74 Davidson, Sutherland (Krobot 75), Blackhall, Ballard, Noble (Watt 68), Murray (Keith 82)
Subs: Manson, Dunbar, Ross, Pennet (gk)
Strathspey: Aitchison, *23 Hume, McShane, Fernandinho-Soto, *43 MacLeod, Edwards, Mackay, McKie, Wilson (MacCallum 71), Finnis, Fraser
Subs: McKernie, Mackay, Hersey, Farquhar, Black, Booth
Manager: Brian Grant
Referee: Ryan Milne
Vale Stats:
Efforts On: 13
Efforts Off: 3
Woodwork: 0
Corners: 5
Offside: 3
Overhead Conditions: Calm & Mild
Playing Surface: Soft
Temp at KO: 10 deg C
Last Season: 2-1
Reporter: Neil Montgomery
Reported LastEdited: 12-Nov-2016
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